Last night in Tignes, France, at an awards ceremony that wrapped up the FIS freeskiing season, Devin Logan grinned as she held her skis in one hand and a 20-pound crystal globe bigger than her head in the other. It was the first time in FIS history that a freeskier went home with this massive piece of sparkly hardware, the organization's holy grail.
The overall globe is awarded every winter to the strongest, most consistent athlete of all five FIS freestyle events--halfpipe, slopestyle, moguls, aerials, and ski cross--as determined by an average of points earned at competitions that start in August.
"This is such a huge honor," Logan told POWDER, "and I’m thrilled to win this for not only myself but for women’s skiing and hopefully to inspire the next generation of girl skiers."
It's fitting that the 23-year-old Vermonter is the first freeskier to receive this recognition. As the only female athlete to compete in both slopestyle and halfpipe, she gracefully represents the diversity of the sport. Not to mention she's also a four-time AFP overall champion and Olympic silver medalist who has competed in both events since she was 12 years old.
"You can tell how good of an athlete she is because she is very strong and very focused on the competition," said Joe Fitzgerald, FIS freestyle skiing coordinator. "To take on two different events at once is a whole bunch of work and hardly anybody does that... and therefore that brings her forward, plus her performances are very good."
Like most overall globe-holders, such as 18-time alpine winner Lindsey Vonn, Logan reliably delivers a solid show, but she's also known for her style in a spin-to-win world where judges often reward spin-heavy runs rather than creative tricks.
"She's got the best style in the game," said fellow U.S. skier Lyman Currier. "She is one of the few women who can qualify without throwing any spin over 7--she can hold it for the final, then throw it, and that speaks for her in and of itself.”
To stand out in competition, Logan prioritizes tricks that her peers don't regularly pull off, like the alley-oop flat 5 that she added to top off her halfpipe run this year. She also holds back on throwing new tricks in competitions until she can nail them perfectly, preferring to ski a smooth run than a risky one.
"She's the only girl at that level," said Aaron Blunck, another competitor on the FIS circuit. "She has the potential to win every halfpipe competition, every slopestyle competition, every big air comp.”
Logan’s careful and time-consuming approach to her skiing means that she doesn't always land on the podium. Though she saw more fifth and sixth place results this season, “at the end of the day, I just want to be the best overall skier I can be,” she said. So she’s been happy to pay more attention to her skiing than her results--which has paid off in a big way--though it’s been a long road.
"It's a big challenge to compete in both events," Logan said. "It's hard when everyone is putting all their time and effort into one event and getting so good, where I have to split up my time. No matter how much I try to progress my skiing and tricks, it takes a little bit more. Which is kind of crazy because it already takes everything. This globe is super rewarding for myself because it is a reminder that all my hard work I have put in for all these years competing in both events is worth it."